MACON, Ga. - Points off turnovers gave Georgia College & State University an impressive win tonight (Nov. 6) at Division I Mercer University 75-72. Senior Shaun Keaton (Albany, Ga.) hit a free-throw with 0:05 remaining in the game to give the Bobcats the final three-point lead.
The Bobcats had 29 points off takeaways, as Keaton finished with 22 points on four three-pointers and shooting 8-of-12 from the free-throw line. Junior Graham Martin (Marietta, Ga.) had 20 points and shot .500 from the floor.
Georgia College led by as many as 11 in the second half. The Bobcats favored in second chance points 16-15. The Bears cut the deficit down to one at 70-69 with 39 seconds left, but junior guard Ty Rowland (Lilburn, Ga.) nailed a three from the left baseline to take the wind out of the Mercer sails.
The Bobcats battled to a 36-33 halftime deficit, thanks in large part to eight first-half players reaching the scoring column. The undersized Bobcats actually held a 20-19 advantage in first-half rebounding, including a 9-4 edge on the offensive glass.
Standout Mercer guard James Florence had 20 points at the half, getting just 16 total from his teammates. The Bobcats shut down Florence in the second half, with some help from foul trouble, as he only finished with 29 points.
The Bobcats kick off the regular season Friday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m., hosting Fort Valley State University.
The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Follow the Bobcats and their positive impact on the Milledgeville community at www.gcsu.edu/bobcats.